FFXIV: The FFXV Crossover Event

Posts Originally From: April 17, 2019 – April 19, 2019

Celebrating the FFXV Crossover Event and earning the car mount!

Just cruisin’!

Who gave Amon the license to drive that thing?

Goodwill

See, Noctis has figured out the fastest way to win Amon’s good will!

And Tonight on Mateus…

Mid-Life Crisis

I think Mocho is going through a mid-life crisis.

FFXIV: Little Ladies’ Day 2019

Posts Originally From: March 1, 2019 – March 2, 2019

Everyone enjoying the Little Ladies’ Day festivities – and Koh gets a makeover!

Zuri’s Flower Crown

I know we haven’t seen Zuri in a while. But I think she deserves a flower crown today! 

Koh Makeover

Decided to spoil a certain nerd kitty (Koh) tonight as well. There will be story-based reasons for this later. But I liked it too much not to share!

The Princess and the Scoundrel

Amon and Scylla got their flower crowns.

FFXIV: Role Play – Signing an Autograph for President Obama

So, tonight, I’m just barding in Gridania and helping folks give gifts to the sprouts on Mateus. When all the sudden, I see a group of folks in suits headed our way.

When in performance mode, you can’t see names, so it took me a moment – and looking at chat – to realize that this was President Obama and his body guards.

What happened after that, I display in below chat. I did clip out other folks and their text to be polite – there were a lot of people there, interactions and and fistbumps exchanged with the President.

FFXIV: Starlight 2018 Celebrations

Posts Originally From: November 23 – December 26, 2018

Amon and Scylla enjoy their first Starlight in Eorzea!

‘Tis the Season?

“Aye, I do believe it ‘tis!”

Dream Hat

“Scylla is often too serious… BUT. When I gifted her a Dream Hat, she did wear it!”

Starlight Fun

Allagans are having some Starlight fun! 

This event was practically made for Amon – the achievement is even called Curtain Call!

Decorating the Apartment!

Putting up some holiday decor in the apartment!

Starlight. Starbright.

Decorating the FC house for the season!

Starlight Eve

Happy Starlight Eve to all! 

Top: Scylla tells Amon to “Talk to the Hand!”

Bottom: Choir girls Koh and Scylla

Starlight Wishes

“Hoping that on this Starlight, you get to spend it with someone that you… uh… can mostly tolerate. 

“…To a point. 

“…Until the snark starts to fly. 

“…Er… Happy Starlight!”

FFXIV: Endwalker Benchmark – Paladin Amon & Score

I had to laugh a little since the Endwalker Benchmark makes everyone into a Paladin… which is really not a job I see Amon taking up in this lifetime. Still, he plays the part well!

If you’re so inclined, there’s a screenshot campaign contest you can enter!

Overall, my benchmark score was pretty good, especially considering I was snapping pics and trying to frantically dump them into a photo editor for later.

FFXIV: A Wild Scylla Appears

Posts Originally From: August 31 – October 10, 2018

When my IRL best friend decides to roll a Scylla character for the fun of writing a rival to Amon…

The Meeting

“Hello… excuse me. You look familiar….”

“Aren’t you… no… NO!

The fun begins. My RP buddy finally rolls a character and joins the fray!

Amon… What Are You Wearing?

Hold on! Is that…

Scylla?

Scylla’s first run through Syrcus Tower – the hat dropped for them both. She seems less than thrilled, however.

99 Percentile in Life

(Random chat RP between myself and Scylla)

Scylla: I’m going to Ishgard. I’m on your trail, Amon.

Amon: Have fun. A lot of snow there.

Scylla: How did you get earmuffs… that fit those… nevermind.

Amon: Excuse me? It’s a nation of Elezen. It wasn’t that hard.

Scylla: Your ears are unusually big for an Elezen’s ear.

Amon: Have you done the research to back that up with data? Did you go about Ishgard and measure the length of ear of the other Elezen there?

Scylla: Actually, yes… I was looking for some reason to make fun of you, and it turns out that your ears exceed the 99 percentile ear-to-face ratio of your race.

Amon: Let me see that.

Scylla: *lets him see her Tomephone*

Amon: *eyebrows lift as he scans the data* Well… I suppose I can be happy to be in the 99 percentile of something in life. *beams a wide grin*

Scylla: It’s the inverse for head to ear size. Big ears… small brain.

Amon: *frowns*

Scylla: *big grin*

-To Be Continued, I’m Sure-

Scylla Visits

Scylla came over to Amon’s apartment to take some screens specifically for the short RP I posted earlier today. These are some bigger versions of a few of those shots I took. 

Scylla may pick at Amon quite a bit, but he’s amused that she’s so short that he can sit on the ground and be almost at eye level with her while she’s in a chair. 

Hopefully we can start working on some of our collaborative RP story line this weekend! We’ll see how it goes!

Dusk Vigil

Amon assisting Scylla with an unsynced Dusk Vigil. She always looks so serious.  

Fractal Continuum

Amon and Scylla enter the Fractal Continuum.

Scylla’s Room

I was surprised that Scylla bought a room in the FC house and actually decorated it in order to give us a space to RP for the current “Confrontation” segment we’re writing. Usually, she doesn’t do much in the way of housing and decor, so this is a big move into fluffs-ville for her.

She quickly learned that Scylla was so short that she needed to be standing on the table in order to properly /slap Amon. So a series of silly screen shots took place. 

…Including Gilly getting aggressive at Amon.

Junelezen Gallery – Part 1

I’ve been posting a picture a day for the Junelezen event this month. Up until now, I’ve kept them on social media and my Instagram, but since we’re more than half way done with the month, I decided to post a gallery here as well!

Look for part two of this screenshot series at the end of this month!

FFXIV: Tips on Finishing Screenshot Challenge Months

This year, I undertook two successful screenshot challenge months – MiqoMarch and FebHyurary. In a few days, I’ll be tackling Junelezen, and armed with the experiences of previous months, I’ve come prepared.

What are Challenge Months?

Challenge months are when someone creates a list of prompts for the community to respond to through art or screenshots. These are often organized by race or major theme. Art and screens are shared across social media using a common tag.

I’ve seen a number of folks get all fired up and excited about a challenge month, only to fizzle out after the first week or two. So here’s some tips on sticking it out through the whole challenge.

Tips to Successfully Finish a Challenge Month

You don’t have to have nerves of steel to finish a challenge month. But you do need to have some organization and time management. It’s not as hard as it sounds, and here’s some things I’ve learned to help you get started.

1- Explore the prompt list and formulate your ideas ahead of the month.

Usually, the prompt list is posted long before the month starts. Take advantage of that. Familiarize yourself with the list and even write out ideas for each prompt before the challenge begins.

2- Take screens in bulk before prompts are due.

Don’t wait until the day of the prompt to take a screenshot – you’ll just be scrambling every day to come up with a shot, and the quality will suffer. There’s bound to be a day where you just won’t have the time or energy to scrape something up, and that’s usually where people start falling behind or quitting.

Check the rules of the challenge. Usually they don’t say that you have to take each screenshot the day of the prompt – merely that you post the screenshot the day of the prompt. (Hopefully, the challenge creator would rather you stick it out all the way through than enforce a rule that makes the challenge less fun.)

Use your time and inspiration wisely. If you’re all fired up at the beginning of the month, take a backlog of screenshots while you have the energy to do it.

I usually try to use my weekends to block out a bit of screenshot time and take as many as I can for that following week. It’s much easier to edit and post on prompt days when you already have the screens on hand. Plus, this allows you to review what you’ve taken and make changes to them – or retake them if you need to – before you post!

3- Go for the low-hanging fruit first.

If you’re taking screenshots in bulk, work on the ones that are easiest for you to visualize, even if that means skipping over some. You can come back to the more difficult ones later, and you might come up with an idea while working on the easier ones.

4- Don’t let a few missed days set you back.

If you do happen to miss a couple days, don’t let that end the challenge for you. Post some catch-up posts to get you back on track. Unless, of course, you’re just not having fun anymore. The most important thing is the fun, after all!

If you have other ideas on how to succeed at challenge months, feel free to let me know in the comments! Best of luck to you!